Fundraisers at Swindon-based medical manufacturer take to the pitch for World Heart Day

By Jamie Hill - 17 October 2023


Vygon UK raises almost £400 for charity preventing cardiac deaths in young people

Staff at Swindon-based medical device company Vygon UK had hearts pumping on the football pitch recently, raising almost £400 for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young.)

In a friendly mini tournament staged at the company’s Gateway North site for World Heart Day 2023, three teams of seven fundraisers donned football kit and battled it out over two games, with financial ‘penalties’ issued for yellow and red cards and added to the tally of donations.

A total of 17 Vygon volunteers took part, with ‘Tottenham Heartspurs’ clinching an all-important goal to secure the winner’s trophy.  Spectators enjoyed free pizza whilst watching the games and extra funds were raised with a £2 'dress down' code. 

In the run up to the event, a £1 photo contest invited employees to share creative heart-shaped images, with Vygon matching every entry submitted by donating £1.  A collage is planned for all of the entries, as a memento of the successful day.

Vygon UK’s financial director Dale Keegan, who took part in the tournament and is pictured in action on the ball, said: "There’s no better way for us to promote cardiovascular health and support the great work of the CRY charity than by getting active on the football pitch.

“Despite an impressive 11 red and yellow cards being issued – myself being guilty for one or two of them – it was a good natured competition. We're all pleased to have been able to contribute to such a good cause.”

The tournament took place to mark World Heart Day on 29 September 2023. To learn more about CRY visit:

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